“Happy birthday to you” was heard repeatedly in our family last week, and we had more than our share of birthday cake.  For the first time in 11 years, we had birthdays for three generations all in one week.  I was the eldest generation, my son was the second generation and one of my grandsons was the third generation.  My husband duly noted that we would need 121 candles on the cake.  So, rather than setting off all the fire alarms in the neighborhood, we opted for one votive candle!

But, those were not the only birthdays in the family.  The Ruminant Scribe, Snapshots of God’s World and Word celebrated its second birthday this past week.

The first post to the site was dated April 15, 2015 and 216 posts have followed thereafter over the past two years.  It has been my pleasure and privilege to write the posts, and I thank the Lord for His guidance and leading in so doing.

What has been a total surprise to me is the reach of the blog.  I am certainly not as experienced as many and I do not have many followers, but that is fine with me.  I am confident that the people who read the blog are those God directs to the site.  Moreover, I appreciate and am humbled by each and every one of the men and women who have spent time with the blog. And I totally appreciate those who have provided comments or who have indicated that they liked what they read.  Thank you so much for the feedback.

In reviewing the reach of the blog, I have been amazed at the countries identified as places from which various readers have come.  In addition to the Untied States, visitors to The Ruminant Scribe blog come from 97 countries.  The concept that people from around the world have read the blog, at least in some small measure, is amazing and humbling, and it prompts me to give my best as I represent my King and Savior to others. 

I thank the Lord that in His providence He is providing the readership that He wants the blog to have.  For that reason, I pray that each post is encouraging people no matter where they live.

All in all, it is to God that I give the credit for the idea of the blog in the first place, as well as for the scope and breadth of the blog.  It is to God that I give all thanks for the desire to do this work and to reach out to others in this way.  It is to the Holy Spirit that I seek counsel and direction in writing the blog and in preparing the posts each week.  And it is to my Lord and Savior that I dedicate this blog with the prayer that His name will be glorified throughout the earth.

So, happy birthday to each of my family members, and happy birthday to The Ruminant Scribe.  May God shower His blessings on each of us this coming year.